Brian Brooks, a Guggenheim Fellow, first attended the American Dance Festival as a student in 1992. His New York City-based group, the Moving Company, has since been presented several times by ADF, as well as BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, NY City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Joyce Theater, and many others. He recently completed a Mellon Foundation Creative Artist Fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, and three years as the inaugural Choreographer in Residence at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, where he created new work for companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Miami City Ballet. Brooks created and performed duets with NYC Ballet Associate Artistic Director and former principal dancer Wendy Whelan from 2012-2019, and has choreographed several off-Broadway productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), directed by Julie Taymor, and Pericles (2016), directed by Trevor Nunn. In addition to his extensive teaching, Brooks has created dances for schools including The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, and Rutgers University. He was a Teaching Artist for 12 years at the Lincoln Center Institute; a performer for daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb; and a founder and managing director of WAX, a flexible theater space and gallery in Brooklyn that provided services to over 750 emerging performing and visual artists from 1999-2004. Brooks is a 2023 Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence at Princeton University and participating in his third year of the Creative Administration Research program at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, OH.
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